Keep the Aspidistra Flying

George Orwell (Author) Richard Brown (Read by)


Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the "money world" of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window. Gordon's sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them.

Orwell's picture of the "money world," as Gordon sees it, is in his best satirical vein.

Product Details

Blackstone Audiobooks
Publish Date
December 20, 2011
6.4 X 1.1 X 6.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.
DR. RICHARD BROWN was one of Canada's foremost experts on seagoing birds and worked for many years as a marine biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service in Halifax.


"Gritty, growling, commonsensical and touching. [Orwell] never wrote a basically kinder or more human novel."

-- "Time"

"A remarkable novel...A summa of all the criticisms of a commercial civilization that have ever been made."

-- "Lionel Trilling"

"A delightful addition to the Orwell literature...A work Orwell enthusiasts will bracket with Down and Out in Paris and London."

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

"Richard Brown reads in a clear voice and effectively captures the rhythms of the text."

-- "Library Journal"